District 1 features only contested county board race

In the only contested race for Piatt County Board on Nov. 4, incumbent Democrat Kathleen Piatt is being challenged by Republican challenger Ray Spencer for District 1, which encompasses most of the northern half of the county.

Small Wonders scholarships given in memory of student

If you met Ian Wagner, chances are you wouldn’t forget him. Whether it was his obsession with superhero Buzz Lightyear or dancing at the swimming pool, he was a Monticello youth that was hard to forget.

School issues on Nov. 4 ballot

Voters in the Monticello school district will decide on Nov. 4 whether to fund construction of a new high school. It is one of several referendum questions on Piatt County ballots.

Monticello looks at draft bike plan

Long range plans were the theme of the Monticello City Council, Monday night, as aldermen saw drafts for a bicycle network master plan, along with a trio of documents aimed at guiding city planners for decades.

Animal Shelter has a home

The Piatt County Animal Shelter focuses on treating and finding homes for cats, but it’s not unusual to see the occasional dog, rabbit or guinea pig in the shelter, which is now located at 301-A S. Charter St. in Monticello.

Museum building going up

It will be a while before the Piatt County Museum is open, but progress over the last month on the barn-shaped structure that will house museum artifacts is encouraging to museum officials.

Attention squirrels: keep out of our grain

Squirrels in DeLand, you are warned: Stay out of grain that is stored in tubes at the local grain elevator.

Grant to help lake at 4-H camp

The 4-H Memorial Camp at Allerton Park has received a $40,000 to make sure there aren’t any more large fish kills in its lake.

Neighbor concerned about potential high school sites

A Kratz Road resident is expressing concern about south-side sites being considered for a new Monticello High School.

Ken Peacock, who lives east of some of the proposed sites, told the Monticello School Board Oct. 15 that he feels the sites could present traffic and drainage issues.

Artist to hold show in Monticello

The stereotypical scene of a painter out in the wild with their easel looks quite serene, but the artistic method – known as en plein air – is not that easy. Painters sometimes have long hikes with their equipment in getting to the right spot, and at that point need to get cracking to take advantage of the light of the moment.

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